Landon Donovan scored two goals to lead the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 3-1 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes yesterday in the first game of the MLS Western Conference semifinals in Carson, Calif.
The Galaxy will advance with a tie or a loss by no more than one goal in the final game of the home-and-home aggregate series Saturday night in San Jose.
Herculez Gomez gave Los Angeles a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute with a 25-yard free kick.
Donovan's first goal gave the Galaxy a 2-0 lead in the 39th minute when he poked a loose ball inside the left post from 11 yards.
* ITALY: Defending champion Juventus stretched its winning streak to eight games by beating Lecce, 3-0. AC Milan, five points behind Juventus, rallied to beat Palermo, 2-1.
Inter Milan is third with 18 points after Julio Ricardo Cruz scored a 36th-minute goal -- his fifth of the season -- to beat Udinese, 1-0.
* ENGLAND: Chelsea's nine-game wining streak in the Premier League ended when the defending champion was held to a 1-1 tie at last-place Everton.
Newcastle held on to beat rival Sunderland, 3-2, on Emre Belozoglu's goal in the 63rd minute.
* U.S. WOMEN: Abby Wambach, one of the national team's rising stars, scored on two headers to lead the United States to a 3-0 win over Mexico in Charleston, S.C. [Box score, E8]